Star Wars Character Profile: Mara Jade

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By Jake M.

My favorite series of all-time is Star Wars. Beyond the orginal movies and the prequels more than 30 books and comics were written to expand the Star Wars universe. Many of those stories and characters have been forgotten due to the new movies released. Disney, who owns the rights to Lucas Films, decided to write their own storyline, which caused the orginal follow up books to Return of the Jedi to be cast away. Personally I like reading the older books. My favorite character is Mara Jade Skywalker.

Mara is my favorite because of the depth her character offers. She served as an assistant to Emperor Palpatine, a smuggler, and a Master Jedi.During her time as a servant in the galactic Empire she was sent on missions to purge rebels and any jedi who survived Order 66. Prior to the death of Palpatine, his parting words to her were kill Luke Skywalker. As soon as the Empire fell she no longer had the will to carry out her mission and ironically became Luke’s wife. After her marriage to Luke, Mara Jade Skywalker was trained in the ways of the Jedi, working her way to the rank of Jedi Master and was tasked with training other force sensitive people the ways of the Jedi. Her intriguing story came to an end after she was assassinated by her nephew Jacen Solo. She is a supporting character in the Book Survivor’s Quest which is about her marriage with Luke and their struggle to save the Jedi order.

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Hunter’s Presentation at SEEDs for Autism

Developing social skills is an important area of focus at SEEDs for Autism and we incorporate practicing these skills into every aspect of our program. Creating power point presentations is a creative way for our participants to build confidence, improve communication skills and inspire others. In this presentation, Hunter speaks to a roomful of his peers on the topic of “Manners”.

Live Blogging the SEEDs for Autism Art Jam!

Jonatan C. in the photo booth at the SEEDs for Autism Art Jam

MAY 5 2018: 10am – 3pm

Participants at SEEDs for Autism held a live blogging event at the 2018 Spring Art Jam! 

10:00 – Michele (instructor)

The Art Jam is starting! So many people are showing up to spend the day at SEEDs!

10:12 – Sydney

There are lots of people shopping.

10:35 – Michele (instructor)

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A full class for the Blacksmithing workshop!

The Metals workshop is just about to begin. SEEDs participants are ready to share their skills with the community and teach people how to create a twisted metal bracelet!

10:43 – Sydney

Since we opened, there have been a lot of purchases.

11:00 – Michele (instructor)

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Lenny (instructor) supervises during the Blacksmithing workshop.

Derrick is assisting workshop attendees in Metals.

11:14 – Michele (instructor)

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The woodturning workshop is busy this morning!

So many people wood turning! Jesse Dean is working one-on-one with workshop attendees as they woodturn their own pens on the lathe!

Smile!

11:29 – Sonja

Just did my first tour and it was a lot of fun. I showed the people around telling them about the workshops.  I also showed them the products we sell.

11:34 – Michele (instructor)

Andy is taking a break from doing the weaving demonstration. He is keeping me company at the Newsletter station.

12:22 – Jesse & Jessica

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Hanging out at the Newsletter station. 🙂

12:36 – Daniel N.

I had Irma’s for lunch: rice and beans and tacos. It tasted good.

12:51 –  Daniel N.

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The check out station is ready for customers!

I observed Jessica taking payments and people are shopping at Seeds.

1:29 – Jared

I was weaving a green scarf.

1:30 – Nathan

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Jessica shows workshop attendees how to wood turn their own pen.

I observed Jessica and Jonatan doing the woods demonstration.

1:50 – Nathan

I observed Brain T. eating from Irma’s Kitchen.

2:07 – Nathan

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Jake assists Bailey (instructor) for the print making workshop.

I observed Jake helping out with the print making workshop.

2:25 – Nathan

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Jeff provides one-on-one instruction.

I observed Jeff working in jewelry.

2:29 – Daniel N.

I observed Nate’s mom buying pillows from the sewing dept.

2:39 – Michele

Things are winding down at the Art Jam. It has been a wonderful day!

Happy faces at the Jewelry Workshop!

2:42 – Daniel N.

I observed people using baskets to shop.

2:45- Daniel N.

Thanks everyone for coming to the Seeds Art Jam!

Participants at SEEDs take turns blogging.

Animals of Africa

People on the autism spectrum often exhibit an intense focus on a particular area of interest. These affections may change over time, yet the level of enthusiasm remains the same. At SEEDs for Autism, we recognize that these passionate hobbies offer a level of comfort and stability to these unique individuals. From there, we can introduce new ideas and challenges to help our participants GROW. Daniel loves the animals of Africa, and during the creation of this blog post, he confidently stepped outside of his comfort zone. Apart from performing the technical skills of online research, typing, uploading images, adding categories and finding appropriate tags, Daniel opened his mind and created poems about his favorite animals.

Jewelry-Making Workshop with Gloria and Justin

At SEEDs for Autism, our ongoing series of workshops provide new opportunities to empower our participants and encourage them to GROW. These talented young adults gain confidence interacting with the community as they assist our staff during these educational and inspirational events!

Intro to Jewelry Making: Mixed Metal Earrings

The Intro to Jewelry Making class on Saturday was a great success! By providing step-by-step instructions and live demonstrations, Gloria (instructor) and Justin M. taught workshop attendees how to create a beautiful pair of mixed metal earrings!

Workshop attendees pay close attention as Justin and Gloria work together to demonstrate each step

Justin SHINES as Gloria’s star pupil in the Jewelry department at SEEDs. Due to his high quality work, attention to detail and delicate touch, Justin is the only participant entrusted to work with more expensive materials such as silver. This workshop at SEEDs for Autism gave Justin the opportunity to take a leadership role and share his talents and skills with the community!

Justin provides one on one instruction

 

Justin demonstrates how to use the drill

 

Justin supervises while his student drills

SCENES FROM THE EVENT

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If you would like to learn more about this life-changing program please visit our website

seedsforautism.org

Featured Artist: Interview with Camille

Animals and Rainbows by Camille
“The drawing is really cool because it’s vibrant, creative, and cute.”  Brianna

Developing social skills is an important area of focus at SEEDs for Autism. One of the creative, yet practical ways we practice these skills is by conducting interviews. Participants make eye contact, utilize active listening and focus on the speaker to gain information. Brianna put these skills into ACTION by interviewing one of her peers about her love of drawing.

INTERVIEW WITH CAMILLE:

Question: What are your favorite things to draw?
Answer: Nature, landscapes, travels, and animals.
Question: How long have you been drawing?
Answer: I started when I was little.
Question: How did you learn to draw so well?
Answer: By looking at pictures, illustrations, cartoons and different shapes or something to get ideas.
Question: Why do you like drawing?
Answer: Because it’s fun, relaxing, it makes me happy, and it’s my hobby!

Interviewer: Brianna

Self Portrait by Camille
“I like this drawing because it’s pretty abstract.” Brianna

 

Empowering Families at SEEDs for Autism

Jennifer Espinoza, BCBA/LBA working with families at SEEDs for Autism

SEEDs for Autism is proud to be one of the leading Phoenix resources for autism support, information and connection. We offer monthly educational lectures for parents/guardians of adults on the autism spectrum to learn more about topics related to autism. 

February’s Educational Lecture & Workshop: Using Positive Behavior Support Strategies to Increase Your Adult/Young Adult’s Motivation

Jennifer Espinoza, BCBA/LBA worked with a group of parents/guardians for a unique and educational experience at SEEDs for Autism. During the lecture, Jennifer provided valuable insights and demonstrated useful tips on how to use positive behavior support strategies to increase their child’s motivation. These research-based methods are empowering for those on the autism spectrum: providing choices which result in a greater sense of independence and engagement.

Afterwards, Jennifer spent time with each family as they worked together on an art project: creating a family banner. This provided an opportunity for parents/guardians to practice these behavioral support strategies in a real-life situation.


Participants at SEEDs for Autism Share Their Thoughts

My experience at the SEEDs workshop was a really great one! I got to work on this really cool project which was a custom family banner with hearts that had all our family members on it, decorated with stamps and other add-ons. It was a little difficult at first, but as soon as me, my mom and sister got working hard together on it, we got the hang of it, and I started to enjoy the project even more! The banner turned out awesome in the end! I liked it!   -Brianna

David and his parents

I created a red and purple  family banner that has our family’s name on it. My red and purple family banner also has the names of my twin nieces. I had to cut 3 hearts and pinned 2 of the hearts but sewed the 3rd to the banner. I also had to sew the top of the banner around the wood dowel. My family helped me create the family banner by helping me sew the hearts and the top onto the banner around the wood dowel.

-David

 

While parents/guardians attended the lecture, their loved ones participated in an engaging session of Improv  with their peers led by SEEDs instructor, Amy.

I had fun. I pretended to drink hot cocoa. I was a tree and played catch with an invisible ball. Then I made a banner with my mom. I used scissors to cut out hearts. -Daniel Ch.

Daniel and his mom

SEEDs for Autism exists to serve our local Phoenix autism community. These monthly educational lectures are intended for parents and guardians in our autism community and are an opportunity for us to help provide resources and education.

If you would like to learn more about this life-changing program, please visit our website:

seedsforautism.org